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Set in mid-17th century Boston, this tale of passion, puritanism and revenge is one of the foremost classics of American literature. Its heroine, Hester Prynne, is compelled by her own moral autonomy to wear the scarlet letter but she emerges as a woman with her integrity intact.
The three-chapter format begins with biographical and critical information about the author, providing a broad overview of the author's influences, life experience and literary career. Critical perspectives follow, offering a multi-faceted analysis of the relationship between the work and women's issues. It concludes with a final chapter, exploring women's issues from a contemporary perspective and assessing its significance in society today.